Assistant Professor


Celeste Curington is an intersectional scholar with diverse research interests on the African Diaspora in the United States and Europe and other communities of color. In all of her research she examines the mechanisms through which intersectional oppression and inequalities around race, gender, class and citizenship are perpetuated, experienced and often resisted in various settings, such as the workplace and the dating market.

Her first co-authored book, The Dating Divide: Race and Desire in the Era of Online Romance (with Jennifer Hickes Lundquist and Ken-Hou Lin), is the first comprehensive analysis of “digital-sexual racism,” a distinct form of gendered racism that is mediated and amplified through the impersonal and anonymous context of online dating. Drawing from large-scale, behavioral data from a mainstream dating website, extensive archival research and in-depth interviews with daters of diverse racial backgrounds and sexual identities, Curington and colleagues illustrate how the seemingly open space of the internet interacts with the loss of social inhibition in cyberspace contexts, fostering openly-expressed forms of sexual racism that is rarely exposed in face-to-face courtship markets.

Her second book which is under contract, Laboring in the Shadow of Empire: Race, Gender and Care Work in Portugal, examines the everyday lives of Cape Verdean women home care and institutional cleaning workers in Lisbon, Portugal. In this work, Curington centers on the challenges and resistance efforts of this caring labor force and illustrates how antiracial ideologies and discourses of the state obscure the pervasiveness of everyday injustices confronted by African descendant women in Portugal today.

Curington’s work has been featured in a variety of media outlets including Variety Magazine, The Daily Show: Beyond the Scenes, Vice, Mashable, Insider, NBC LX, Maxima, The New York Times, Time Magazine, and Women’s Health.

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